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Sunday, May 8, 2011

More information on the Autodesk Building Design Suite from Revit promotion

I received a comment about the Autodesk promotion

So what does that last line "Customers may upgrade their license and add or renew subscription prior to taking advantage of the $0, No Cost Upgrade." mean?

Does this mean, that I, as Revit Architecture 2012 (stand-alone) license holder upgrade to Revit Architecture Suite (at cost?) and then be eligible for the Autodesk Building Design Suite Premium free upgrade?

I'm so confused and my reseller (a large outfit that recently merged with another large outfit) hasn't been able to give me a straight answer.

Evidently because I read all of the blogs, I seem to know more than they do!!!

Thanks, if you can provide any more info...
So, what does "Customers may upgrade their license and add or renew subscription prior to taking advantage of the $0, No Cost Upgrade" mean?

You have to have purchased your license before 5/2/11. 
Let's say you have a license of Revit Architecture Suite 2009 that you didn't renew it's subscription.
Now you want to take advantage of the promotion.
What do you have to do?  Do a Retroactive Subscription upgrade and get a new subscription contract.  You'd pay 2,995 to upgrade the license, then 725 to get a new subscription contract.  Then you can take advantage of the Building Design Suite Premium $0 conversion.

Anyone who is currently on subscription has a great advantage since they've been on subscription and don't have to pay the upgrade fee.  Had you been on subscrption for the last 4 years you'd have paid $725 x 4 totalling $2900. So, by paying $2995 now, you end up paying an extra $95 penalty.  Plus, you were stuck using that nasty old menu bar. 

Instead, you can currently switch from Revit Architecture (or Suite) to Building Design Suite Premium for 2995.  The only difference would be that you'd get subscription for $975 which is 250 more than Revit Arch Suite subscription of 725.  It takes two steps but saves you a tiny bit of money.  

But, part of the promotion that starts next week, gives you the ability to 'Get Current' (formerly Legacy) at a 20% discount.  That applies to retroactive subscriptions, 1-3 prior version upgrades and customers with software 2008 (Get Current/Legacy) or earlier. 

That 2,995 price now gets discounted to 2,396.  Subscription for BDS-PRM is 975, so the total is 3,371.  That's less than the 3,720 to upgrade now to Revit 2012 products.  I suppose you could wait to get a discount on the Revit upgrade BUT the promotion says "Customers may upgrade their license or renew their subscription contracts in advance of the offer without penalty."  Note the words "in advance of this offer".  That means BEFORE May 16th.  I think I'm confusing myself now so let me ponder this for a moment.

Timeline 1:  You have Revit Architecture 2009-2011.  Upgrade for 3720 before 5/16/11 and get a free crossgrade to BDS Premium.
Timeline 2: You have Revit Architecture 2012 on subscription.  Upgrade to Rev Arch Suite for 595 before 5/16/11 and get a free crossgrade to BDS Premium.
Timeline 3:  You have Revit Architecture 2009-2011.  Upgrade after 5/16/11 for 3,371 to BDS Premium. 
Timeline 4: You have a Revit Suite 2012 on subscription.  After 5/16/11 get the $0 migration promotion to Building Design Suite Premium
Timeline 5: You have a Revit Suite 2012 on subscription.  After 5/16/11 get the $4000 migration promotion to Building Design Suite Ultimate. 
Timelie 4: Keep using AutoCAD 14 while everyone else switch to Building Design Suites and wonder why everyone else is making money and you're not. 

If you're currently on susbscription on a 2012 product, you can get the $0 Migration or Ultimate 20% discount.  If you're on a 2011 or earlier product, you can follow one of the timelines above.

In regard to that large reseller you're working with, good luck with them.  Too many people. Too much disorganization in that merger.   It's quite a complex process to get every order perfect.  There are so many nuances to getting a customer the right pricing, information and proper ordering, that just because a company is big, it doesn't mean they know what they're doing.  Since they have a big corporate ordering department, there's not always that connection to how to get you the right information for your software.  That's why a smaller company like mine ends up giving you much better information and more personal service.  I still can't figure out what you really think you get with a national reseller.  They certainly don't get any better pricing for you.  Since they're publicly traded, you actually have more problems in getting anyting special done.

I'm sorry that your reseller couldn't have figured that out for you.  Next time, buy from me.  Of course, don't tell your reseller you read this and see if they give you the same answer.  Quiz them on the above and see that they haven't ready the promotion literature.


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